TORONTO – Ryan McDonagh (St. Paul, Minn.) and T.J. Oshie (Warroad, Minn.) provided goals for Team USA, but it was not enough as Canada defeated Team USA by a 4-2 count here tonight in its second of three preliminary round games of the World Cup of Hockey 2016.
“We’re obviously disappointed” said John Tortorella, head coach of the U.S. World Cup of Hockey Team. “I thought we were ready to play and in the end things just didn’t go our way.”
McDonagh staked Team USA to a 1-0 lead, 4:22 into the game when he jammed a loose puck in front of the net past goaltender Carey Price.
Canada responded with goals by Matt Duchene and Corey Perry just :14 apart, at 5:51 and 6:05 of the opening period, to claim a 2-1 advantage.
Duchene sprung in alone on Quick at the 7:53 mark of the first period to increase Canada’s advantage to 3-1 after one period.
Canada extended its lead to 4-1 on a goal that was credited to Patrice Bergeron after the puck bounced off McDonagh’s skate and into the net at 8:50 of the second period.
Oshie scored during a net-front scramble with 2:32 remaining to account for the 4-2 final.
Jonathan Quick (Milford, Conn.) stopped 30 shots for the U.S.
Team USA closes preliminary-round play Thursday (Sept. 22) at 8 p.m. ET against Czech Republic. The game will be televised live in the U.S. on ESPN2, in addition to being streamed live on WatchESPN.
NOTES: For full game statistics, click here … Team USA’s hopes to advance to the World Cup semifinals this weekend were ended with tonight’s loss … The U.S. is competing in Group A with Canada, Czech Republic and Team Europe … All games are being played at Air Canada Centre in Toronto and televised to U.S. viewers on the ESPN family of networks (ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNNEWS) … The competition is a joint effort of the National Hockey League Players' Association and the National Hockey League, in cooperation with the International Ice Hockey Federation and its member federations ... The World Cup of Hockey has been conducted on two previous occasions (1996, 2004), with the U.S. winning the first edition in 1996 … For complete World Cup of Hockey coverage from USA Hockey, click here.
|Fri, Sept. 9||Canada (Pre-Tourn.)||Columbus, OH (Nationwide)||W, 4-2|
|Sat., Sept. 10||Canada (Pre-Tourn.)||Ottawa, Ont.||L, 2-5|
|Tues., Sept. 13||Finland (Pre-Tourn.)||Washington, D.C. (Verizon)||W, 3-2|
|Sat., Sept. 17||Team Europe||Toronto (ACC)||L, 0-3|
|Tues., Sept. 20||Canada||Toronto (ACC)||L, 2-4|
|Thurs., Sept. 22||Czech Republic||Toronto (ACC)||L, 3-4|